Farewell Malachi Flynn, Junior Declares For NBA Draft

Malachi Flynn Decides To Turn Pro.

SDSU’s best player last season who led the Aztecs to a (30-2) record and No.6 national ranking in the country is deciding to cash in with his on-court value by turning pro and forgoing his senior season of eligibility. 

Malachi Flynn, the Mountain West Player of the Year is declaring for the 2020 NBA Draft and is projected to go in the late-first round, mid-second round.

“It was a tough decision deciding to declare,” the fourth-year junior told an ESPN source. 

Personally, my biggest issue with Malachi making this decision is never getting the chance to boost his draft stock during March Madness. One can only imagine how his narrative could have been written if he had gone on a scoring terror in front of a national audience. 

COVID–19 has taken a tremendous toll on the country as well as college athletics. 

Flynn’s ideal scenario would have been to shake off the MWC Championship game loss to Utah State and potentially go on a Steph Curry-Davidson tourney run that happened a decade ago.

Say Flynn happened to lead SDSU to perhaps, the Elite Eight or Final Four, NBA scouts would be salivating over his highlight tape as Paul Finebaum does when he slobbers over the SEC conference.

At 6-1, it is difficult to project how Malachi Flynn will fare against NBA-caliber talent in the G-Leauge. I’m the biggest Aztecs homer there is and even I don’t see Flynnsanity making an immediate impact in the NBA. You never know though. 

Why not just stay for one more year in America’s Finest City? It only helps. Barring a catastrophic injury, why not continue to build your resume and perfect your craft? Let’s not forget, he sat out the 2018-19 season due to the stupid NCAA transfer rules. The MWC Defensive Player of the Year has only played 32 career games. That is a minuscule sample size. Yet, other than a March Madness appearance, there wasn’t much left for Flynn to accomplish.

 The Tacoma, Washington native left Washington State University in pursuit of discovering a winning culture. Another reason for his departure was because people would rather watch paint dry than stay in Pullman, Washington. There is no such thing as too many reps at the collegiate level!!! 

The NBA Draft is “scheduled” for June 25th on ESPN. That sounds like a Dave Chappelle punchline. Who in their god damn mind thinks that the draft will air on time? Reports have surfaced that it will likely be postponed until September. 

Head coach Brian Dutcher has to scramble now to fill a scholarship on the roster. Former CSUN shooter Terrell Gomez has joined the squad and is expected to compete in the starting backcourt after accepting a scholarship offer earlier this month.

There were many memorable moments from this magical season for Flynn such as this one:

Once upon a time, I use to cover the Aztecs Men’s Basketball team for another company. After the game where they rallied to beat Utah State at home as well as see Kawhi Leonard’s jersey retirement, I chose to eat at the finest taco shop on SDSU’s campus. . . 

TRUJILLO’S!!!

That same night as I was devouring a Sigma Chi Crunch Wrap and washing it down with a chilled horchata, I peeked through the drunk crowd of students and lone and behold was Malachi Flynn eating a celebratory “SigChi” as well. Real recognize real.

Malachi finishes his lone season on Montezuma Mesa as one of the most highly-decorated Aztecs players while averaging 17.6 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 5.1 assists. 

Business decisions will always be respected. Go kill it in the NBA, 22. 

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